May Edition

Our Mission Statement

All students at JFK will acquire the academic, social and emotional skills needed to become empowered lifelong learners who thrive in a diverse and evolving world.

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Message from Mr. Pedersen

Dear JFK families:

As the staff and I wrapped up the accreditation process that only comes around every 5 years, I've been able to reflect on the work we've done since my arrival at JFK 4 years ago. I'm reminded of a question I was asked by the student group during the JFK principal interview process in April of 2018. They asked, "Mr. Pedersen, how will you make JFK the best small, rural school in Oregon?" I think of that question often and how so many things have gotten in the way of making that a reality.

We must once again make this a priority and in order to make this happen, we must ensure all stakeholders have a voice in the process. I am asking all parents/guardians to complete the Family survey in this newsletter so we can determine what we are doing well and what we need to improve upon and what the next steps will be.

One of those next steps will be the creation of a group that includes students, staff, parents/guardians and myself to create a plan that moves us toward the goal of being the best small, rural school in Oregon.

I thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey. I'm certain that together, we will accomplish the goal the students in that interview group asked me 4 years ago.

With appreciation,


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2021-2022 JFK Family Survey

Please consider taking the time to complete this brief survey. The information gathered in this survey will give us a starting point to determine next steps in our quest to be the best small, rural school in Oregon.


Despite the weather, our spring sports of track & field, softball and baseball are wrapping up league play and are preparing for playoffs or district and state meets.

Our baseball team is 13-1 in league play and is currently ranked 3rd in the most recent OSAA rankings, with a 18-2 record with a handful of league games remaining before playoffs begin. Our young men have only given up 20 runs on the year, while scoring a state 2A/1A leading 245 runs.

Our Lady Trojan softball team is 10-0 in league play and currently ranked 6th in the most recent OSAA rankings with an 11-3 record. Our lady Trojans have only allowed 36 runs, while scoring 118 runs.

Having been a former track and field competitor myself, this spring weather has been absolutely miserable for our athletes. With the District meet right around the corner, our athletes are hoping to peak at just the right time. The District meet will be held at JFK on Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th. For our athletes that qualify for the State Track & Field meet, it will be held at the University of Oregon on May 19th and 20th.


Students needed to show mastery of English Language Arts and Mathematics content to graduate from high school. Students could show mastery by achieving a certain "cut score" on the SBAC exams or take and pass work samples in classes they would need to enroll in their senior year.

The Mathematics SBAC exams will take place during the week of May 23rd for all of our junior students. Students should be able to access their results before they leave for summer vacation.


  • May 2 - 14: Advance Placement (AP) testing

  • May 2 - 6: Staff Appreciation Week

  • May 9: Regular School Board meeting

  • May 13 & 14: District Track & Field Meet @ JFK

  • May 19 & 20: 1A/2A/3A State Track & Field Meet @ University of Oregon

  • May 23 - 27: SBAC Math Exams for Junior students only

  • May 30: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day


All students should feel safe at school and in their communities. Mt. Angel School District and John F. Kennedy High School are committed to building a strong, positive, supportive culture for students to learn and grow. If you have a specific concern or incident to report that threatens student safety and security, you may report it directly to our principal, Dale Pedersen, or use the anonymous tip line, Safe Oregon, at All concerns and tips are confidential and will be investigated and addressed according to district policy and procedures.